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Cabildo

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Address: 701 Place John Paul Deaux, New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
Phone Number: +1 504-568-6968
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A visit to New Orleans' historic French Quarter would not be complete...

A visit to New Orleans' historic French Quarter would not be complete without a stop at Jackson Square, which is where you will find the Cabildo. On loan from the Smithsonian, the coat Andrew Jackson wore during the Battle of New Orleans returns for this groundbreaking exhibition "From Dirty Shirts to Buccaneers: The Battle of New Orleans in American Culture." This elegant Spanish colonial building neighbors St. Louis Cathedral and houses many rare artifacts of America's history. Among them is Napoleon's death mask, one of only four in existence. It was made from a mold crafted by Dr. Francesco Antommarchi, who was one of Napoleon Bonaparte's physicians at the time of his death.

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Comprehensive look into New Orleans history

The Cabildo was a good way to kill an hour while it rained. In the old, historic building you will find tons of interesting things to read about the many different events and eras... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Fort Gratiot, Michigan
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I spent so much longer here than I expected to spend - always a testament to a good museum, in my opinion. The downstairs has an exhibition on Louisiana history (focused especially, but not only, on the New Orleans area) from prehistory into the early 19th century. The second floor has exhibitions on antebellum New Orleans, immigration into New Orleans,... More 

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Fort Gratiot, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Cabildo was a good way to kill an hour while it rained. In the old, historic building you will find tons of interesting things to read about the many different events and eras that shaped present day New Orleans. If you bring your student ID you get a $1 discount.

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toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here as one of the city pass options so we got there it was 30 min before closing. The sign on the door said closed but we knew it was open. So we went in and I asked are you open and the lady at the front was not happy and answered you have tickets? I replied yes... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent small museum that does a great job discussing the history of New Orleans from colonial days to Reconstruction. It was not overkill on the displays and my 7 year old twin daughters found enough interactive exhibits to entertain them also. One can easily take an hour to cover the exhibits, but you may want to linger... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Treasures of New Orleans, Louisiana and the south. Worthwhile visit for all ages. Lots to see and lots of room to roam. Some items can be touched by the little ones. Quiet spot in what can be a noisy area. Very economical for family. Large tour groups can sometimes visit so ask when you buy tickets - makes for more... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Museums are always a hard sell when traveling with teenagers. This museum was beautiful and located right in Jackson Square. It truly helped that they provided a scavenger hunt for the teenagers to help facilitate their experience. Without the scavenger hunt, this would have been a complete bust. While there are a couple interactive exhibits, it is A LOT of... More 

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Wellington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Inside a classical building the museum is highly informative about the local history from the Indians onwards - teamed with the museum next door, you leave with a thorough knowledge of the area. One can absorb as much as one needs to - get a general idea or an in-depth understanding - we went for the middle ground! The Battle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is amazing. Do not miss. The history of the region is well documented, presented and displayed. Multiple floors cover everything from African heritage to the French, from Native Americans to the Spanish. A real bargain and so close to apres museuming cocktails.

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Chelsea, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Though it was on my list of places to visit, it was something I saved for the rainy day of the trip with so much else to explore. Needless to say, I wasn't the least bit disappointed by the artwork, the exhibits and the opportunity to learn more about NO and the state of Louisiana. Napoleon's Death Mask is on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family went over spring break with my kids 12 and 8. They were not bored and had fun checking everything out. We were there to specifically see an ancestors sword from 1812 on display, but found many other interesting things. So much history of New Orleans and Louisiana are there to see!

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French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.